FIFA set to take charge of World Cup pre-ceremony

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28 September 2004 , BERLIN - The world governing football body FIFA is talking with the German government and the agency of Austrian artist Andre Heller in an effort to take charge of a pre-event on the eve of the 2006 World Cup. "It would be the 65th official FIFA event in a stadium next to the 64 matches," said Wolfgang Niersbach, vice-president of the German organising committee, of the event in Berlin. FIFA had originally objected to a state-run ceremony next to the official opening ceremony on 9 June

28 September 2004

BERLIN - The world governing football body FIFA is talking with the German government and the agency of Austrian artist Andre Heller in an effort to take charge of a pre-event on the eve of the 2006 World Cup.

"It would be the 65th official FIFA event in a stadium next to the 64 matches," said Wolfgang Niersbach, vice-president of the German organising committee, of the event in Berlin.

FIFA had originally objected to a state-run ceremony next to the official opening ceremony on 9 June 2006, to precede the tournament opener in Munich's Olympic stadium.

But the German government was set to stage the event in Berlin's Olympic stadium and set aside EUR 22 million for it.

Heller's agency was approached to sign the likes of Robbie Williams and Eminem for the show.

It remains unclear whether the government will provide the money if FIFA takes charge.

If the show becomes a FIFA event the ruling body will receive the profits from marketing and licencing rights for a show set to be broadcast worldwide.

A spokeswoman for the German interior ministry said earlier Tuesday that her body was in talks with FIFA and that the event will take place as planned.

"We are talking about the conditions with FIFA and the organising committee. We will release further details in the near future," said spokeswoman Gabriele Kautz.

Niersbach also insisted that a pre-event in itself was not new, referring to an event in Paris on the Champs Elysees in 1998 and another one in Seoul in 2002.

He said the only difference was that the Berlin event is due to take place in a World Cup stadium.

DPA

Subject: German news
 

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